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  • My interests center on romantic relationships, early stages of family formation, gender, aging and the life course, and qualitative methods. In my research, I investigate the meanings, processes, and transitions of family formation, particularly in the stages of searching for a romantic partner and beginning a romantic relationship, at different stages of the life course. More specifically, my recent work has explored experiences searching for, meeting, and dating potential romantic partners for older adults through interviews with 100 singles (50 men and 50 women), ages 60-83.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2024 The virus be damned: Older adults seek romantic relationships during a pandemic.Journal of Women and Aging: the multidiciplinary quarterly of psychosocial practice, theory and research.  36:166-179. 2024
    2023 Emerging Ideas. Digital parenting advice: Online guidance regarding children's use of the Internet and social mediaFamily Relations.  72:2551-2568. 2023
    2023 Older adults on the dating market: The role of family caregiving responsibilitiesJournal of Marriage and Family.  85:739-759. 2023
    2023 Communication with Kin in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic.SOCIUS.  9. 2023
    2021 Committing Before Cohabiting: Pathways to Marriage Among Middle-Class CouplesJournal of Family Issues.  42:1762-1786. 2021
    2020 Kinship Practices Among Alternative Family Forms in Western Industrialized Societies.Journal of Marriage and Family.  82:1403-1430. 2020

    Teaching Activities

    Full Name

  • Lauren Harris